Memers and Tweeters come for Madonna for paying tribute to Madonna, er, Aretha Franklin at VMAs

So Madonna gave a tribute to Madonna Aretha Franklin at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards last night and it was about what you might expect.

Dressed in a long black kaftan with African jewelry and spiky headgear, the Queen of Pop gave the sendoff to the Queen of Soul as only she could: by talking about herself the entire time.

“Aretha Louise Franklin,” Madonna said at the beginning of her speech, “changed the course of my life.”

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What followed were several incredibly boring minutes of Madonna recounting how she left Detroit when she was 18 with just $35 in her pocket, her dreams of becoming a professional dancer, all the auditions she went on, the time she met a French disco singer, a plug for her last album Rebel Heart, and how her goals eventually shifted from being a dancer to being a singer, which eventually led to story about an audition she went on for two record producers, which is when she finally got around to actually mentioning Aretha Franklin.

“The dance audition went well. Then they asked me if I had sheet music and a song prepared. I panicked. I had overlooked this important part of the audition process,” Madonna recalled.

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“I had to think fast, my next meal was on the line. Fortunately one of my favorite albums was ‘Lady Soul’ by Aretha Franklin. I blurted out, ‘You Make Me Feel’ … silence. ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.’ Two French guys nodded at me. I said, ‘You know, by Aretha Franklin.’”

Understandably, people were not pleased about the whole thing. Many took to Twitter to express their feelings about it…

But it doesn’t stop there…

And then there were the memes…

Servin’ Berb George at the #vmas. #madonna #boygeorge #berber #morocco #algeria #music #icons

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Behind the scenes…. #aretha #madonna #divas #royalty #queens

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Ummm… well that’s certainly a look.

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We Are One! @madonna ? #madonna #queenofpop #madonnafamily #mtv #respect @guyoseary

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Don’t be mad, ‘toine! Of course she only talked about herself. #madonna #vmas #gay

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